Tell Me Lies (1968)


In the heart of London in 1968, the Beat generation of Ginsberg, the Black Panthers and the pop counterculture, three young English men, horrified by the photos of a wounded Vietnamese child, try to understand the spiral of violence of the Vietnam War and to overcome the feeling it gives them. Through songs, testimonies, and public demonstrations, Peter Brook signs one of his greatest works: A satirical film with devastating irony about the absurdity of war.

Director: Peter Brook.
Writers: Peter Brook (adaptation), Denis Cannan (play), Michael Kustow, Michael Scott.
Stars: Mark Jones, Pauline Munro, Eric Allan, Robert Langdon Lloyd, Mary Allen, Ian Hogg, Glenda Jackson, Joanne Lindsay, Hugh Sullivan, Kingsley Amis, Peggy Ashcroft, James Cameron, Stokely Carmichael, Tom Driberg, Paul Scofield, Patrick Wymark.

1968 Venice Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Lion.


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    September 23, 2021

    Peter Brook Paul Scofield , and Glenda Jackson YES!!!! Been looking for this for decades. This curiosity is referenced in many memoirs of 1960s Brit Stage & Film and I’ve never seen it being screened anywhere here in the States. TYVM, Jon!

  2. Nick
    September 23, 2021

    Thanks very much Jon, a rare filmmm indeed!!

  3. Gino
    September 25, 2021

    Thank you! Is it possible to upload the english / french subtitles, please?

    • Jon W.
      September 25, 2021

      Hey Gino,
      Only French VOBsubs exist for this film, here’s link for them:

      You’ll need to use a program like Subtitle Edit and do OCR to convert them to an easier to work with format such as .srt. If you never done this before let me know and I’ll guide you a bit, besides Subtitle Edit you’ll need to download the French dictionary package as it only comes with English when you download it.

  4. GINO
    September 29, 2021

    thank you!

    August 10, 2022

    {From the outset let me state to and about Jon and his incredible generosity to all of us, the following in no way shape or form reflects on any deficiency on his part and should NOT/NEVER be taken as such.]
    I’m in a Peter Brook review period after his passing early July 2022. I finally got around to watching this and have discovered something odd: as has with his MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN there has been substantial recent editing of the original product. In the case of REMARKABLE MEN (which I know well in the original form) a so-so film has been made even worse and now severely lacks any semblance of focus. It is missing 18 minutes and some of the strongest material the original had. Here 23 minutes have been removed by Brook. While in this case I never saw the original film, reviews and responses to that original product clearly radically differ from the material which I am witnessing here. There is overall in those late reviews a strong positive to (perhaps now politically controversial???) material which doesn’t show up here at all. If anyone knows where the original 158 minute TELL ME LIES can be found, I’d sure love to see it Peter Brook was of some importance to me while growing up in the 1960s. What I am witnessing in my review of his filmed output is what appears — APPEARS — to be an overall diminishing of his initial aesthetic vision and theatrical powers . And for me it starts interestingly with MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN and ever so slowly descends a slope from that point.. What troubles me is this apparent deliberate self censoring impulse that went on in Brook’s last years. And of course I could be completely wrong. Thanks again Jon for giving those of us interested a chance to see even what is (reorganized?) and left.

    August 10, 2022

    PS That original runtime of TELL ME LIES should have read 118 minutes. Thanks!

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